Foodie Friday: Chocolate Walnut Granola

Welcome back to our weekly Foodie Friday link up! I’m linking up with Emily from Whatever Floats Your Oats, Esther from Chocolate Runner Girl, Farrah from Fairyburger and Cassandra from Powered by BLING to create awesome healthy recipes each week!  Also, make sure you hop around to check out all the amazing recipes in this link up and feel free to add your recipes as well! 

Since I’m still sweating it up at Blogfest/Idea World in LA, Giselle from Diary of an Ex Sloth gracious agreed to share a delicious granola recipe.  If you aren’t familiar with her blog, do yourself a favor and check out all the yumminess and fantastic healthy living tips she shares!  

PS. Her food photography is SUPER impressive- she really knows how to make her recipes look drool worthy! 😉 Keep scrolling and see what I mean :) 


Hey Everyone! I’m Giselle and I blog about food, fitness and healthy living over at Diary of an ExSloth. I’m so excited to be filling in for Annmarie while she’s away and sharing this awesome Chocolate Walnut Granola with you today.

This Chocolate Walnut Granola is easy to make, ready in under 30 minutes and full of delicious flavour. Plus, it's vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free via @ExSloth |

If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I am a HUGE granola fan and have been since I was a kid. Back then, it was all about the store bought, refined sugar filled granola that wasn’t exactly the healthiest. I actually kept buying granola well into my university years, even after I started eating healthily. I wasn’t until I had to stop eating dairy last summer that I finally gave it up, since store bought granola contains dairy for some weird reason.

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Now though, I’m a homemade granola making machine. I’m positive that the day I figured out how to make my own granola was one of the best days of my life; second only to the day I was born. Okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration. But seriously. Homemade granola, like this chocolate walnut variation, is easy to make, filled with healthy, wholesome ingredients and so customizable. Plus, if you need it to be, you can make it gluten free, as long as you use certified gluten free oats. Quadruple win.

This Chocolate Walnut Granola is easy to make, ready in under 30 minutes and full of delicious flavour. Plus, it's vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free via @ExSloth |

Chocolate Walnut Granola Recipe


  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats*
  • 1 1/2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tbsp ground flax (optional)
  • 1 cup walnut pieces
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup prune puree**
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4-1/2 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside
  2. Mix together the rolled oats, cocoa powder, ground flax, cinnamon and almonds in a large bowl
  3. Stir in the melted coconut oil, applesauce, prune puree, maple syrup and vanilla and mix well
  4. Spread the mixture evenly out onto the lined baking sheet and bake for 20 – 25 minutes (or until golden brown) stirring half way through
  5. Watch carefully after 15 minutes so the granola doesn’t burn
  6. Stir in the chocolate chips immediately after removing granola from the oven 
  7. Place the baking sheet on a wire rack and allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container


* Use certified gluten free oats if necessary

** You can fine prune puree in the baby food section. If not, replace with 1/4 cup more of applesauce

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This Chocolate Walnut Granola is easy to make, ready in under 30 minutes and full of delicious flavour. Plus, it's vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free via @ExSloth |

What about you?

  • Do you make your own granola?
  • What’s your favourite flavour combination?

Share in the comments below!

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Thanks again to Giselle for sharing this chocolatey walnutty (I know that’s not a word) goodness!

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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!


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Reply July 17, 2015

Mmmm...I love granola too, but never made my own like this! I never thought about the wet ingredients...they must give it so much flavor! Thanks for sharing!!
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Mary Beth Jackson
Reply July 17, 2015

I have always wanted to try making my own! Beautiful pictures !

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
Reply July 17, 2015

You have just reminded me that I don't make my own granola enough. This one looks so easy and delicious. I am sharing on twitter :)

Reply July 17, 2015

I hope you're having fun, Annmarie! <3 I wish I could've gone too!

One of my weaknesses is granola, so I'm all over this recipe! :P I have a bunch of walnuts packed up in a box somewhere that could contribute to making this... :]
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Reply July 17, 2015

YUM!! Can't go wrong with chocolate on a Friday!
We use to make granola all the time and haven't in a while as we have been loving muesli and I have been short on time but I think I'm going to have to whip some up! Our favorites, well for fun, were S'more Granola and a Cookie Dough one last year, or or a sprinkle one. We make healthy ones too but I loved our fun flavors!
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    Reply July 23, 2015

    Ooooh that sounds so yummy!!!

Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply July 17, 2015

YUM! Anything chocolatey and oaty is right up my alley. I need to try to make my own granola one of these days. Or you could just send it to me!
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    Reply July 23, 2015

    She needs to send some to me too while she's at it! :)

Beth @ Running with the Sunrise
Reply July 17, 2015

Great recipe, Giselle! I pinned this wishing I had a kitchen in my hotel room so I could make it right now. ;)

    Reply July 23, 2015

    I wish we could have made it at Blogfest! :)

Reply July 17, 2015

Yummy!! I love granola with chocolate in it! Such a great little treat :)
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    Reply July 23, 2015

    It really is!

Sam @ PancakeWarriors
Reply July 17, 2015

You had me at homemade granola. Add the walnuts and yum. This would be so good on coconut yogurt with strawberries

    Reply July 23, 2015

    Oh yeah it would!

Beverley @ sweaty&fit
Reply July 17, 2015

granola with chocolate in it is the ONLY way to eat granola in my opinion!! thanks for sharing this recipe. i've never had to shop in the baby aisle before, but i'll go search for some prune puree!!
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    Reply July 23, 2015

    You'd be surprised what useful things you can find in the baby aisle :)

rachel @ athletic avocado
Reply July 17, 2015

this granola looks awesome! Can't go wrong with chocolate!
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    Reply July 23, 2015

    Anything with chocolate is okay with me ;)

Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply July 17, 2015

I've never made my own granola but have thought about it. Never heard of prune puree
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    Reply July 23, 2015

    I have made my own granola before and it's pretty easy. Giselle is genius for using prune puree!

Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
Reply July 17, 2015

I am a huge believer you can never go wrong with chocolate.
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    Reply July 23, 2015

    I totally agree! ;)

Jess @hellotofit
Reply July 18, 2015

Ahh this looks so good! Bear Naked makes a chocolate granola that I'm totally addicted to. Thanks for sharing!
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    Reply July 23, 2015

    I wish I could give it a try too! ;)

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